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Abhishek Saha is a senior correspondent. He reports for the Kashmir bureau.

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Face of Kashmir’s pellet woes, Insha Mushtaq gives her Class 10 board exams

Insha Mushtaq became the face of the plight of 2,500-odd victims of pellet guns and photos of her in black glasses sparked an international debate.

A girl helping Insha Mushtaq write her paper at the examination centre in Shopian town of South Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2017 08:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Shopian | By, Shopian

26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s nephew, 5 LeT militants killed in J-K

An Indian Air Force commando was also killed while an army soldier was injured in the encounter that took place in Chandergeer village on Saturday evening.

Paramilitary troopers stands guard after a gunfight with militants at Hajin village of Kashmir's Bandipora district, north of Srinagar, on October 11, 2017.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2017 07:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Restrictions in Srinagar as hundreds pay respects to slain al-Qaeda-linked militant

All schools, colleges in Srinagar were closed for a day; train services were also suspended.

A security jawan stands guard during restrictions in Srinagar.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2017 03:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Kashmiri footballer Majid Khan leaves LeT after mother’s plea; no charges, says army

Two local news agencies quoted Mahmood Shah, a self-styled chief of LeT in Jammu and Kashmir, as saying that Majid Khan was “permitted” to leave on the request of his mother

Majid Khan being presented by the army before the media during a press conference in Awantipora on Friday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT)
Updated on Nov 18, 2017 09:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Awantipora | By

Religious indoctrination, poor academics behind youth joining militancy: Kashmir IGP

Inspector general of police Muneer Khan said more youngsters take up militancy in south Kashmir, when compared to the northern parts, because the region has a higher number of local fighters.

Inspector general of police Muneer Khan displays an AK-47 Draco rifle during a joint press conference with Army and CRPF officers recently.(Waseem Andrabi / HT File)
Updated on Nov 16, 2017 02:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Heartbreak for Anantnag family as only son, a talented footballer, joins LeT

Majid, a second-year under-graduate commerce student at the government degree college Anantnag, is the LeT’s latest recruit in the Valley.

Ayesha Khan, mother of newly recruited militant Majid Khan, wails at their home in Anantnag, Kashmir(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2017 12:14 PM IST
By, Anantnag

Recovery of US-made M4 carbine shows Pak complicity in Kashmir militancy: Army

Major general B S Raju was referring to the M4 carbine Colt recovered from the site of the encounter in Pulwama district on Monday night.

The AK47 Draco (left) and M4 Carbine colt rifles are put on display in Srinagar after security forces recovered them from the site of the encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) militants in Pulawama district.(Waseem Andrabi /HT)
Updated on Nov 08, 2017 07:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

J-K govt rejects state rights panel’s demand for compensation to ‘human shield’

The Kashmir ‘human shield’ incident had created a huge row, with civil society activists alleging gross rights violations by the Indian Army.

A screengrab of a video showing Farooq Ahmed Dar tied to a jeep as a ‘human shield’ against protesters.The video had triggered outrage in Kashmir.(Twitter)
Updated on Nov 06, 2017 09:21 PM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By

Two men arrested while going to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for arms training

The two arrested men said they were motivated by Hizbul Mujahideen militant to join the militant ranks and go to PoK for arms training.

Security personnel in position during an encounter in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2017 09:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Dineshwar Sharma should be cautious in choosing his priorities in Kashmir

The State’s interlocutor’s concerns about online propaganda might be valid but it is only one of the multiple reasons ailing Kashmir currently and most of them are rooted in the real world itself.

Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau, seen here with Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, has been appointed to initiate and carry forward a dialogue with elected representatives, various organisations and concerned individuals in Jammu and Kashmir(PTI)
Updated on Oct 30, 2017 01:46 PM IST

Kashmir braid chopping case solved: Woman found to be depressed cut her hair

A top police officer told HT that Aasia, wife of Wasim Bhat of Chanapora in Srinagar, in a state of depression, cut a few inches of her hair and raised a hue and cry.

A file photo shows Kashmiri separatists holding placards as they protest against increasing incidents of alleged braid chopping in Srinagar.(AP)
Published on Oct 28, 2017 07:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Kashmir remains shut to protest landing of Indian army in 1947

The Indian army landed in Srinagar on October 27, 71 years ago to push back intruders from Pakistan who went about plundering Kashmiri villages

Paramilitary forces stand guard in Srinagar during a shutdown earlier in October.(HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2017 01:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, Srinagar

Kashmir Valley’s political class faces rising militant ire

Militants either lobbed grenades at residences of politicians or masked gunmen barged into houses and ransacked them and also threatened the inhabitants.

Suspected militants gunned down a PDP worker in Shopian, and a day later set his house ablaze.(Photo by special arrangement)
Updated on Oct 24, 2017 07:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Violence continues in Kashmir: Two shot dead, NC leader’s house attacked

Militants threw a grenade at the house of Gulam Nabi Bhatt, a former National Conference legislator in Tral, while a woman was shot dead in a village in the same region.

Security personnel at the scene of a grenade blast at Tral in Kashmir.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 22, 2017 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

‘Our sisters, mothers not safe’: Braid vigilantes prowl Kashmir Valley

Armed with sticks, knives and small axes, groups of men have mushroomed in the past month across Kashmir that has seen at least 100 incidents of ‘braid chopping’ – mysterious instances in which women wake up to find their braids cut off.

A group of vigilantes stand by fire as they carry out a night-long vigil against alleged incidents of ‘braid chopping’ in their area on the outskirts of Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2017 10:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Mob in J-K tries to set ablaze mentally-challenged man for being ‘braid chopper’

Separatists, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik call for a shutdown on Saturday against the increasing cases of braid chopping in Kashmir Valley.

A Kashmiri woman displays her braid, which was chopped in central Batamalloo area of Srinagar on October 8.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2017 09:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Kashmir: Mob protesting braid-chopping attacks army, 2 hurt as forces open fire

Residents of a village in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district staged a protest after they caught an alleged braid chopper

A woman displays her hair which chopped on October 8, 2017, in Batamalloo area of Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2017 08:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Security forces in Kashmir reiterate surrender offer to local militants

The Army and the CRPF established a check point and nabbed the two militants, who were riding on a motorcycle.

Police had arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant, who was involved in the attack on cavalcade of works minister Naeem Akhtar last month, from Tral area of Pulwama district.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2017 12:02 AM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By, Srinagar

Cop killed after militants attack police vehicle in J-K’s Kulgam

The attack comes on a day two militants were killed in an encounter in Pulwama.

Army soldiers near the site of gunfight in Kulgam in February 2017.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2017 11:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Kashmir cop tied to a chair for taking photographs of a woman, arrested

The Jammu and Kashmir policeman was suspected of stalking and taking photographs of a girl on a street in Ganderbal.

Videos and photos circulating on social media show residents catching the constable and tying him to a chair.(ANI Twitter)
Updated on Oct 14, 2017 11:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Protests after encounter in south Kashmir: 1 civilian killed, four injured

Civilians protesting near the site of an encounter to distract security forces and help militants escape is becoming common in Kashmir.

File photograph of a protest in Srinagar.(AP)
Updated on Oct 14, 2017 04:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Bhagat Singh’s 110th birth anniversary: A look at the revolutionary’s life and little-known facts

Bhagat Singh, the revolutionary freedom fighter, was born in Banga village of Faisalabad district now in Pakistan’s Punjab province in 1907.

A statue of Bhagat Singh in Jalandhar.(Pardeep Pandit/HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2017 11:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Kashmir’s longest surviving militant Abdul Qayoom Najar killed in Uri

Abdul Qayoom Najar was in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir since 2015, police said, and was trying to return to Kashmir to revive the Hizbul Mujahideen after much of its top brass was neutralised

Army in action outside a house where militants were hiding during an encounter in which top three Hizbul Mujahideen commanders were killed, at Awneera in Shopian district of south Kashmir on August 13.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2017 07:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Army foils infiltration bid across LoC in Kashmir’s Keran sector

More than half a dozen armed intruders targeted an Indian Army post before retaliatory fire forced them to retreat.

Indian soldiers pushed back a group of Pakistani intruders in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran on Tuesday.(AP file photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2017 05:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Pakistan showed a wrong image at UNGA, but Kashmir’s pellet woes are real

Before we crack a joke on the Pakistani diplomat using a wrong picture, let’s remind ourselves that the issue of pellet gun usage in Kashmir is a grave humanitarian one for which we soon need to find a suitable answer and an alternative

Kashmiri doctors and paramedics take part in a protest at a hospital in Srinagar, August 10, 2016. The protesters covered one of their eyes to show the plight of the victims of pellet guns. Data from Kashmir’s hospitals show over 6,000 people – including children as young as four and teenaged girls – had suffered pellet injuries, with over 1,100 hit in the eyes(AFP)
Updated on Sep 25, 2017 11:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

‘Warmest Place on Earth’: Kashmir releases tourism video to counter negative portrayal

The video has a Kashmiri song with lyrics written by IAS officer Shah Faesal. As the video captures the natural beauty, Sahibo sung by Mudasir Ahmad and Vibha Saraf talks about loss and solitude.

The film, a confluence of serene shots from the valley, brings to the fore the experience of a young couple on their first trip to Kashmir. (Videograb)
Updated on Sep 26, 2017 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar/New Delhi | ByAbhishek Saha and Gulam Jeelani

Ragpicker thanks PM Modi for taking note of his efforts during Mann ki Baat

The 18-year-old ragpicker from north Kashmir was appointed brand ambassador of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation in July.

Reports have said Bilal Dar collected over 12,000 kg trash annually for almost five years.(File)
Published on Sep 24, 2017 11:09 PM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By

Three militants killed in encounter in J-K’s Uri

In another incident, three security personnel sustained minor injuries when militants hurled grenade at their vehicle in Baramulla’s Sopore Chowk

Indian Army jawans patrolling at the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI File)
Updated on Sep 24, 2017 07:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

NIA to quiz trade body chief, Kashmir university scholar in terror funding case

A Kashmir trade body chief and a university scholar will be quizzed for the first time by the NIA in the terror funding case on Monday.

File photograph of protesters throw ing stones at an army vehicle during clashes in Anantnag in August .The NIA probe into terror funding is also looking at how stone pelters are mobilised in Kashmir valley.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 23, 2017 06:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Kashmir attack: 2 killed, 30 injured as grenade hurled at minister’s motorcade

Terrorists open fire after lobbing a grenade at a bus stop. Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, whose motorcade was passing through the area, is safe.

Policemen stand guard during a search operation in Srinagar after three militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Tral.(Waseem Andrabi /HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2017 07:27 PM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By
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